The start of the season almost seems anticlimactic after San Diego and Las Vegas. Some of us were hosting Dortmund in Southern California for the second time, but many more had their first experience of Dortmund in the USA.
Topspiel first week at home is the perfect situation. First team is healthy, except…Adeyemi is doubtful. Köln is (believe it or not) having more injury problems than us, including obvious starters like Ljubicic and Hübers. This should be good.
26.08 Sat VfL Bochum vs Dortmund – 6:30am, ESPN+
This is as close as we get to a Derby nowadays, so I guess we make the most of it.
31.08 2023/24- 9am – Champions League group stage draw – Details Here
You’ll all want to see who we get. There are some weaklings in Pot 1 that could really help us out.
Place: San Diego International Airport 3225 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Arrival time: 3:00pm
An airport reception is planned together with the local fan club. The first nice opportunity to get autographs and photos. Since we will have a BVB bus on site, you cannot miss the right exit. The exact flight number will be shared with you within the next days. If you want to get in contact with the local fan club beforehand, you
07/26 Wednesday Fan Viewing Party: USA vs. Netherlands
Place: O’Briens Pub – 4646 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111, USA.
Time: 05:30pm – Kick-off: 06:00pm. Its limited capacity, please be on time.
The Fan Club of the US Womens Team “Outlaws” and members of BVB San Diego Fan Club and are watching the match together.
All BVB Fans are welcomed. Former player Patrick Owomoyela will also join the viewing party event.
07/27 Thursday Borussia Dortmund vs. SD Loyal
Place: Snapdragon Stadium 2101 Stadium Way, San Diego, CA 92108, USA – Kick-Off: 07:30pm
Time: Get-together: 05:15pm.
There is a BVB fan area close by the stadium with several activities and mini games, like cornhole, beer pong etc. Happy to meet you there
UPDATE: Borussia Dortmund will hold an open training session in the San Diego area on July 25th. Time and Location TBD.
“Good morning San Diego BVB supporters! I wanted to share with you all some exciting news regarding BVB’s visit to San Diego at the end of July. The club is planning on holding a public training session on July 25th. The exact time and location are still TBD. The club is going to set aside some tickets for our group to come to the training session. These tickets will be limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. – Kim Dias, SD Borussia Dortmund Fans
Dortmund In Las Vegas
Borussia Dortmund will be in Las Vegas on July 30th versus Manchester United at Allegient Stadium.
Hotel Reception: Date: 07/31 Place: Viceroy Hotel Time: From 05:00pm. The time is still being finalized. Let me know if you could make it?
PUMA Store signing autograph session Date: 07/31 Place: Dicks Sporting Goods Address: Chicago Dicks Sporting Goods 1538 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60610, United States Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Anyone interested in attending, please send me a quick email or messenger with the number of people. We will then provide you with access.
EVONIK Football Clinic Date: 07/31 Location: Lincoln Park Mini Soccer Courts Time: 08:00-09:00pm All are welcome, but you must bring your own soccer equipment.
BVB Senior Squad Public Training Date: 08/01 Place: To be announced. Time: 07:30 pm If you are interested in attending the public training, please send me a short info. We will reserve seats for you.
Night Out Date: 08/01 Place: To be announced. Time: After the training After the training session we can have a beer. Bar to be announced.
BVB vs. Chelsea Date 08/02 Place: Soldier Field Time: 07:30pm We have a black and yellow fan area outside the stadium where we can meet 2 hours before kickoff. Details TBD!
Must Win, Must Watch!OMG! Can’t sleep, going crazy, hitting Reddit and Facebook hourly to find out what’s happening! Is Jude OK? Will Reus start? As a fan since 2014, I can’t remember anything like this, because I wasn’t watching in 2012.
Imagine Reus and Hummels holding up the Meisterschale! I’m not sure my heart can take it.Of course, we’re all meeting up for this one. 6:30am, get some coffee, join the crowd, be a part of it!
Saturday, May 27, 6:30am LA Draught 3021 Lincoln Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405
Out of Champions League, disappointing result in the Derby. Keeping tabs on who’s injured and who’s not. After 10 straight victories, setting new records, it’s back down to earth again.
Long time fans will recognize this roller coaster of emotions as a typical Rückrunde, but here’s the difference: The team seems to have fixed a lot of its issues this year (defense, set pieces, mentality) and the Coach is not in danger of losing his job.
With that in mind, we are still looking at three meet-ups in a row. That too is probably a record. So after the Derby, two more big weekends.
Borussia Dortmund vs Köln – March 18 at 10:30am @ LA Draught
You may remember our sad showing in Köln last October. Alexander Meyer started, along with Anthony Modeste. Brandt scored our single goal. Tigges put the game away for Köln. This time may be very different. Haller is up front, and Kobel should be back. Reus should also be back.
Köln is sitting at 12th in the table coming off a 2-0 defeat to Bochum. They are not having a good year. Will this match put us back on winning ways?
Bayern München vs Borussia Dortmund – April 1 at 9:30am @ LA Draught
I can’t say I like the Der Klassiker title added to this match, but if it generates more interest in the Bundesliga… If you remember back to the Hinrunde, we played them to a 2-2 draw with Anthony Modeste supplying a miracle header for the tie.
I won’t make any predictions this time around, but I will say that if Adeyemi, Brandt, Kobel and Reus are all healthy, we can go toe to toe with the current Bayern team.
Nine games in a row. A new record! Games won in league, a game won in the Pokal and a first leg match won in UCL. All good in January and February. The future looks bright!
The downside is, we had an easy schedule in February with Bochum, Hertha and Hoffenheim. March is more daunting.
Mar 03, 11:30am, Fri: Borussia Dortmund vs RasenBall (BUN22)
Mar 07, 12pm, Tue: Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund (UCL)
Mar 11, 9:30am, Sat: Sch*lke vs Borussia Dortmund (BUN23)
Mar 18, 10:30am, Sat: Borussia Dortmund vs Köln (BUN24)
When Karim Adeyemi went down for a minimum two weeks, there was a lot of gloom. He was the star against Chelsea for one shining moment. We heard “Here it comes again! Injuries!”
But really, our injury list is tiny compared to previous years and even the first half of the season. Our defense has solidified, our pressing is organized. Forward play looks pretty again, with smooth and delicious movement into the box. Since Can has come back to the midfield together with Özcan, we have a steel curtain look.
None of this is by accident. This is the team that Edin has been working for, but never had the healthy players to implement. This team has turned a corner.
In March we will have the rare opportunity to meet up three times in a row. (OK, that includes April 1 versus Bayern). March 11 is our second leg Derby against the Baby Blues. March 18 versus Köln is at a reasonable 10:30am.
The Bayern Match is still TBA, but it’s hard to believe that it won’t be the feature match of the day. Stay tuned.
This is it. It’s all come down to this. The incredible start, the nine point lead, the injuries and disappointments. We were knocked out of Pokal, finally pushed out of the Champion’s League, but here we are, still standing and ready to prove it.
Join us at the Red Lion Tavern on Saturday, April 6 at 9:30am.
The Red Lion Tavern 2366 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039 323-662-5337
Get there early to get a Raffle ticket. Grand Prize was signed by every member of the USA Touring Team of 2018.
With a heads-up from Sebastian Schneider at Dortmund Fan Department, we got five tickets for the Fox Sports Oktoberfest Broadcast. We were up early and decked out for the occasion.
In typical TV fashion, it was show up and wait three hours, but we got to hang with some very nice Bayern fans. Actually it was about 30 very nice Bayern Fans. It was, after all, the Oktoberfest Broadcast of Bayern v. Augsburg.
Five minutes on air, yelling and waving banners, then meet and greet.
Hosts were, as always, Kate Abdo, Ian Joy and Alexi Lalas.
Kate was absolutely bubbly and lovely in her Dirndl. You can have issues with the Fox Bundesliga crew, but they do dress well.
Ian was excited about his upcoming Sankt Pauli announcing gig. In retrospect the Hamburg Derby was only exciting for the last 10 minutes, but I’m sure he had a great time.
And also Alexi. I finally got to give him my opinion of his constant “Pulisic must go to the Premier League” blather. Puli’s not going anywhere! Just shut up already. He’s only just earned a starting position.
A great time all around at the Fox Studios. Big thanks to Jeff Heyman, Amy Burns and Venice Tshimanga. Hoping to do it again soon. Maybe November 10? That might be a big match this year.
We did it! First contacted in January and hosting Borussia Dortmund in May. Thanks again to Sebastian Schneider, Carsten Cramer, Annika Gollub, Benedict, Rich Orosco, Patrick Aviles, and everyone in BVBLA. We turned out quite a crowd.
It was the Winter of 2014 and two of us got together to watch a match. The team was headed for the Relegation Zone and Klopp would soon announce his leaving. Nobody could accuse us of being bandwagon fans.
We’ve met at Wirtshaus, The Cock ‘n’ Bull, The Scarlet Lady and Ye King’s Head; but we’ve always considered Wirtshaus to be our home.
We’ve sent our Roster to Dortmund with all of our club information for three years. We never heard back from them…until this year. This will be the year that Borussia Dortmund breaks into the USA.
Borussia Dortmund and LAFC
We were contacted in January by the BVB Fan Department. They were planning an event with LAFC to announce a partnership. Could we get our Club to turn out? Of course we could. So we all went downtown and got some wonderful news.
From there we waited. We would get our own section, but when? We would get a chance to meet the players, but what would that be? Most importantly: when will the match be scheduled? At first we were expecting July, during a break in the ICC schedule. Then we were told late May, but the Pokal Finale date had to be reserved.
When the date was finally settled we had three weeks to plan, with dates and times not yet settled for flights, parties, training or ticket sales.
Meet The Flight
We had to meet the flight. We were prepared for 3pm on a Sunday. Then the flight was delayed for four hours. Could we still get out a crowd?
Of course we could. Banners, singing and pestering Mario for autographs.
Monday started at 11 with a Public Training at UCLA. Every player was there and we turned out 400 or so fans. The players were open to autographs and took the time to meet everyone.
Next was Niky’s in Santa Monica. Originally planned for 40 people, everyone got in eventually and (I think) dropped some cash on some BVB gear while watching a Q&A with Lars Ricken, Roman Weidenfeller, Marcel Schmelzer and Mario Götze.
Monday night was the Fan Party hosted by LAFC and Dortmund. At least 100 of us made it to watch Alicia play Foosball with Schmelle. They didn’t win, but it was OK. We all had a few beers and got to chat with Schmelle, Roman and Patrick Owomoyela.
Finally, the day of the Match. No events, players all surfing or wandering around in Venice. Before the match the 125 and 126 sections were full. Steven Boll had prepared the megaphone and the chanting began. At 6:51pm it was “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and at 7pm it was game time. How was the match? Best game ever!
Thanks again to everyone who helped make this happen!